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Artists wanted for Coney Island mural project

Bringing color and life back to amusement area

March 29, 2021 Jaime DeJesus, Brooklynreporter.com

The Alliance for Coney Island is calling on artists to brighten up the neighborhood.

The Coney Island for Everyone Mural Project features artwork on storefront gates along Mermaid and Surf avenues. Commissioned by the Surf/Stillwell Avenue Amusement District, its goal is to create a welcoming environment and make a positive impact on the community by bringing public art to the streets.

“As Coney Island is preparing for its 2021 season — something it was unable to do last year due to the pandemic — this mural project will bring color and life back to Coney Island and show that the neighborhood is still here, still strong, and still the historic and iconic community intrinsic to New York City,” said the Alliance.

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For artist Danielle Mastrion, who has been painting murals in Coney Island for several years, joining the project last year was a no-brainer.
“I think it’s a wonderful idea,” she said in October. “If you go there in the wintertime or off-season, a lot of the stores are shuttered. It doesn’t give you this happy vibe you get from Coney Island when you are there in the summertime, and I think it’s a great initiative they are doing to make it lively, colorful and happy year-round, even when the businesses are closed.”
The program received funding from the New York City Department of Small Business Services Neighborhood 360 Program.

Spanning both the Surf Avenue/Amusement District and Mermaid Avenue/Commercial District, this collection of murals is not only a chance to help beautify all of the neighborhood, but also remind both residents and visitors that Coney Island is more than just a beachfront neighborhood for summer recreation, it is also a place where people live, work, shop, and have developed lives and a strong sense of community.

​Mural submissions are due by midnight March 31. For more information, click here.


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